Fun and Fancy Fashion!

Fun and Fancy Jackets and Vests coverFun and Fancy Jackets and Vests
Folk Art Using No-Sew Applique

Tired of the cardigan? Try a snazzy vest to jazz up the library! These are FUN and FANCY! How can you not love it?

No Sew applique is a craft/sewing skill that does deserve a space on the shelf, but I think we can do better. I am really worried about how the models look and think either they need medication or they are on medication.


Fun and Fancy jackets and Vests back cover

Jackets and Vests front flap

Crazy About Quilting

Jolly Jack-o-Lanterns

For the Birds

Building on a Theme


    1. I was thinking exactly the same thing. Those younger models look like they’re on drugs!
      On second look, I think the designer might have been as well – that birdhouse vest…

  1. Frankly I think the designs are cute and fun–but I have a hard time seeing anybody under about 50 wearing a fancied-up vest nowadays. Definitely a weeder.

    As someone who’s done applique the old-fashioned way, though, my main question is what are they using? That Duct-tape fabric? Fabric glue? There just aren’t too many ways to attache fabric together without sewing, and most of them won’t survive even ONE trip through the dryer or a hot-water wash cycle.

    1. This is what I’m wondering. How DOES one applique without sewing? Can somebody who’s seen the book clue us in?

      1. I haven’t read that book, but there is a thing called fusible applique. Involves an iron and fusible web. LOL at the models, I’ll have some of what they are on…

    2. Hey, is that an insult to people OVER 50? I confess I have an appliqueed vest with cats on it, but I don’t wear it and I only have it because my grandmother made it.

  2. I don’t know about other communities, but 1995 is WAY too recent to weed a craft book at my library. I see books from the 80s and even 70s go out on a regular basis. It probably reflects the high number of retired folks.

  3. Proof that wild and wacky wardrobes were not confined to the 1970s! Not that I remember seeing anyone dressed like this in the 1990s.

  4. Quilting acquaintances frequently gripe about the rotten selection of quilt books at their libraries. I encourage them to talk to the library director (amazing how many people don’t know who that person is, let alone know him/her by name) and respectfully request that attention be paid to developing that collection. Librarians who are unfamiliar with craft books do not weed as heavily as they ought because “the books go out.” Yes, they go out because there isn’t anything else available.

    1. As someone who is in charge of the craft section at my library, I agree that “they go out” is not good enough in that section. I weeded substantially when I first took over the collection, and filled up the newly-available space with newer items. Those went out, too–much more!

  5. As a quilter and crafter, I’ve developed a rule that applies to this book: “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

  6. In the early 90s this was very popular among quilting circles and I totally would have worn one of these vests in high school. I have a project like this cut out and never finished from the early 90s.

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